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26090 Pine Street
Calumet, MI 49913
Phone: (906) 337-4600
Fax: (906) 337-4699
Robert Erkkila

Robert Paul Erkkila

Monday, June 26, 1944 - Saturday, February 16, 2019
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Robert Erkkila, 74, a resident of Calumet passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, February 16, 2019.
He was born on June 26, 1944, in Calumet to Reino and Ruth (Cane) Erkkila.
He attended Calumet High School and graduated with the class of 1962. On July 25, 1964 he was united in marriage to Virginia Anderson of Calumet. They moved to Zion, Illinois where Bob worked at Outboard Marine Corporation, before returning to the Copper Country to attend Suomi College and Northern Michigan University, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Education.
After graduating from NMU, Bob worked at the Allouez Township School in Mohawk and CLK Schools as a History teacher. In 1982 he retired from teaching and worked at Erkkila’s Auto Parts and Garage for the remainder of his career. After retirement Bob served as a member of the CLK School Board for 12 years.
Bob was actively involved with local sports throughout his lifetime. Over the past 50 years he served in various capacities with Lake Superior High School Hockey, the Copper Country Chiefs, the CLK Hockey Association and Michigan Amateur Hockey. He was currently President of the UP Sports Hall of Fame, and on the board of the Calumet High School Sports Hall of Fame. He was an archivist, statistician, and local sports historian. Often times during the sports season you could hear him on the radio doing color broadcasting for the games.
Bob loved watching his children and grandchildren playing sports, spending time with his family and visiting with many friends. He was a member of the First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Calumet.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Reino and Ruth Erkkila.
He is survived by:
His wife of 54 years: Virginia of Calumet
His Children: Dave (Mary) Erkkila of Brighton
Dan (Barb) Erkkila of Durango, Colorado
Carrie (Dan) Huuki of Atlantic Mine
Sue (Steve) Kangas of Laurium
Mark (Amy) Erkkila of Calumet
Kurt (Renee) Erkkila of Laurium
Ruth (Greg) Storm of Laurium
Gina (Jeff) Erickson of Laurium
Kristen (Andy) Bourdeau of Laurium
Jodi (Jason) Skoog of Calumet
42 grandchildren
6 great grandchildren
Sister: Ruth (Gary) Albig of Princeton, Minnesota
Uncle: Harry (Caroline) Erkkila of Calumet
Aunt: Winnie Jarvinen of California
And numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The funeral service will be held at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Calumet on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 11:00 am with David Taivalkoski to officiate. Friends may call at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Calumet on Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Friday, February 22, 2019 from 10:00 am until the time of the service at 11:00 am.
Online condolences for the family may be left at
The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, February 21, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Calumet
    23550 State Hwy M203
    Calumet, MI 49913
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  • Service

    Friday, February 22, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, February 22, 2019 11:00am
    First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Calumet
    23550 State Hwy M203
    Calumet, MI 49913
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    Dave Taivalkoski
  • Interment

    Lake View Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Calumet, Michigan 49913
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Elizabeth Hunt

Posted at 04:49am
Sending my deepest condolences to you all. Praying that God will comfort you at this time and always.
Betty (Maki) and Roger Hunt

Elizabeth Hunt

Posted at 04:49am
Sending my deepest condolences to you all. Praying that God will comfort you at this time and always.
Betty (Maki) and Roger Hunt

Donna Granroth

Posted at 09:36am
Very sorry for your loss of this kindest of men. He was one of the many travelers as we “flew with Fortie” to Suomi and Northern. Sincere condolences. God’s peace, Donna Granroth.

Dennis Walikainen

Posted at 06:33am
I was so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. We worked together on the hockey history banners for the Colosseum. He was such a nice man, and he will be missed by so many. He will never be forgotten.

Dan Glinn

Posted at 10:51am
Regret missing Bobby's visitation due to illness, but very lucky to have visited with him recently. Shared many old memories and events. What an amazing memory. What a great man! Dan Glinn

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